December, 7, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- Fascinated by the heat of these Chris Paul trade talks. If I were the Hornets I'd consider Stephen Curry to be the best player on offer, but Minnesota's 2012 first-rounder -- part of the Clippers reported offer -- could be the best single asset, especially as the Hornets are for sale. That pick won't cost the next owner anything this season -- prospective buyers like low fixed costs. Meanwhile, that pick is a ticket to a superstar, and lets the next owner take over with the fun task of making that franchise-changing selection next June.
- Really bothers me that I can't figure out this quiz. One rough guess: Don't think any of those guys were all that great as rookies. Maybe it's something about improvement?
- Don't expect Chris Paul to sign an extension anywhere -- he can make much more in his next contract by becoming a full free agent.
- Erick Dampier is a textbook example of poor decision-making.
- Keeping Baron Davis might make sense for the Cavaliers. Use the amnesty clause or not and it will cost the same, and if you keep him perhaps he'll have trade value at some point before his contract expires.
- Rudy Fernandez is ready to join the Mavericks, as soon as he can get that visa straightened out.
- This dude can lift a 650-pound rock with one hand.
- Back in the playoffs when Andrew Bynum wigged out on J.J. Barea, his resulting suspension was for five games or about six percent of an 82-game season. Instead, on Christmas he'll start sitting out five games that amount to nearly eight percent of the Lakers' games. This is probably not important, but I thought of it.
- If Richard Jefferson isn't going to be a Spur, does he enter the picture for the Celtics or Heat?
- Dwyane Wade's running style includes a lot of excess pounding, according to expert analysis of his gait. Now comes word that he has been wearing out two pairs of shoes a game.
- Is Dwight Howard worth it for the Lakers? I'd say yes, but it's complicated.